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I'm interested in these replies. I'm looking for new head phones, my existing (cheap Sony) ones are OK, but I think/ know I could do better.

Sadly, these days it doesn't take much to exceed the capability of my hearing. So I'm looking for a good match for bad ears.

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23 minutes ago, chris_b said:

... a good match for bad ears.

Bad ears, you say..? That rings a bell that I can't hear (and you'll have to speak up, lad :$ ...). I'll repeat my recommendation of Superlux; mine are HD 669; there are other models, but these suit me fine, and are not expensive.
Hope this helps. B|

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Just checked my Sennheiser phones - they are the HD201 model. Possibly now discontinued although still some for sale at around £25, sound great and very strong too yet not heavy. Think replacement ear pads are available if you need them as well. The replacement model seems to be the HD206 which are still in the £30 zone. 

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4 hours ago, PaulWarning said:

according to some reviews build quality is poor

You could be right but I haven't had them long enough to answer correctly, the sound is clear and crisp and they are extremely comfortable

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Studiospares own brand M1000 phones are pretty decent for the money. Detachable replaceable cable, spare pair of earpads included, and I believe the individual phone part is available as a replacement part. They're pretty robust too, I'm always treading on the cable and dropping them in my tiny studio space. They're about £50

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6 hours ago, Marillionred said:

This is why I use Beyer Dynamics DT150s - many of the parts are replaceable. They are unfortunately twice the OP budget, but you really do get what you pay for, and as a bassist you'll love the extended bass response. They are not over bassy, they just go deep where lesser models start to distort.

beyerdynamic DT 150 Headset: Amazon.co.uk: Musical Instruments

I had some DTs for recording. I absolutely hated them, couldn’t wait to get rid of them. In fact every set of Beyers I’ve ever used anywhere, I’ve hated. Only ever used them for recording and/or mixing though. 

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21 hours ago, 4000 said:

I had some DTs for recording. I absolutely hated them, couldn’t wait to get rid of them. In fact every set of Beyers I’ve ever used anywhere, I’ve hated. Only ever used them for recording and/or mixing though. 

DT150s, or DT100s - they do sound very different. I do love the sound of my DT150s, but totally get that they may not be everyones cup of tea.

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2 hours ago, Marillionred said:

DT150s, or DT100s - they do sound very different. I do love the sound of my DT150s, but totally get that they may not be everyones cup of tea.

I think mine were 100s (it’s a few years ago now), but I’m pretty sure I’ve used both at various times. I’ve spent a lot of time in a lot of studios! 

One other weird thing I’ve found over the last decade or so when recording vocals wearing Beyers  - and 2 fellow band members found the same, across 3 pro studios - was I can’t pitch properly with them. We all thought our ears had gone (we are all in our 50s😉), however at our current studio (Blueprint in Manc) we switched to Sennheiser HD600s and it was like getting new ears, easy as pie. 

 

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Not that I use them for bass or anything but I got some AirPods Pro the other day. Great little things. Music quality is OK but mostly just very convenient for podcasts etc and the noise cancelling is excellent. 

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Which closed back headphones have the biggest ear pads? I have behind the ear hearing aids and big ears

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13 minutes ago, PaulWarning said:

Which closed back headphones have the biggest ear pads? I have behind the ear hearing aids and big ears

Most (all..?) mail order companies allow returns if the product is not suitable, for whatever reason. Thomann have been rather good when I've messaged or 'phoned for specific information such as your request. They'll take note, check what's what, then get back to you with the reply. I needed info for a bass case for example; it worked out very well.
Hope this helps. B|

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On 16/10/2020 at 00:20, Dad3353 said:

I've had very good service for several years now from my Superlux headphones, as have the two sons. A fair range available from Thomann; mine are HD669, which fit your description, and cost just under £24. I wear them a lot, for long periods on occasion, and find them to be very comfortable.
Hope this helps. :friends:

A belated "thanks" !  I bought a pair of these a while ago, on the back of your comments, and I'm very pleased with 'em. :)

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I’m very happy with the PJB or Edifier H850’s.  Really can’t hear any difference between them, so the Edifier wins, as they are often sold for around £38.  Very comfortable. Not the toughest build, but perfectly ok..my original PJB’s must be at least 6 years old now, have travelled a fair bit and have had the ear pads replaced once for about £12.  The headband is just starting to look rough..don’t see any way of replacing that. The sound is great, full, balanced and detailed. 
 

My old Sennheiser HD580’s are more refined and detailed, and the open design gives a nice feel.  But they would be around £350 today, which (to me) is too much for day to day tracking/learning work.  The PJB or Edifier is my choice - but I would like to try some of the current cheaper Sennheiser models. 

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Glad you have decided to avoid Apple's Beats headphones. They are literately expensive junk (Apple bought them, so no surprises there). They even add weights in them to give the impression of quality.

 

I have some Beyerdynamics DT990 headphones that I would recommend, but they're a little over £50 (I got them on special offer).

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On 25/11/2020 at 14:22, chris_b said:

I'm interested in these replies. I'm looking for new head phones, my existing (cheap Sony) ones are OK, but I think/ know I could do better.

Sadly, these days it doesn't take much to exceed the capability of my hearing. So I'm looking for a good match for bad ears.

Try the beyerdynamic dt880, comparable to the dt770 but open backed. If a bit of sound leaking out is not a problem (recording or traveling) they are nicer to hear and more comfortable than the dt770.

If for studio use on a budget you can't beat the Samson sr850 on quality for money. Nearly every professional studio in the world will have some of these.

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